Day by Day: a Book of Inspiration for the Entrepreneurial Woman

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Are there enough hours in the day, enough days in the week to build a life that offers happiness, balance and satisfaction - both in the business world and on the home front? Perhaps.

Certainly Anne Day has thought this one through; in fact, she's lived it, somehow finding the determination and the perspective to navigate her way to build the best of all possible worlds for herself. A daughter, wife, mother, friend, volunteer and business owner, she's juggled it all, and not always with great success as she will be the first to attest.

And in her just-released publication, entitled Day by Day: Tales of business, life and everything in between, she shares the trials and triumphs of being a business woman today and the lessons she’s learned through Company of Women, an organization she founded eight years ago to support and assist Canadian women in business. She's also the author of two inspiring, woman-positive business books – Courage to Succeed and Faces of Opportunity.

What distinguishes Day's writing – and what makes Day by Day such a delightful read – is its honesty and humour. This is not a dreary, jargon-heavy business book; instead, it's a book of uplifting story-telling, with the author using tales from her own business and family life to create a light, lively and thoroughly entertaining portrait of the challenges that Day, like many women, has faced.

In her welcome note to readers, author Day makes an interesting point about the life-balance issues that can be unique to women: "We leap from one situation to another. While at work, life invariably sneaks in, sometimes surprising us. At home, our work may interfere with the balance we are trying to achieve. And as for time for ourselves, too often it is optional."

That perspective and that type of life experience – knowing that the author herself has "walked the walk" – gives Day by Day its value and authenticity. Page by page, chapter by chapter, Day engages you in conversation and confidences on what might work and what might not. Day by Day, in its own way, is like an intimate chat with a good, trusted friend or advisor – there’s laughter, tears and, inevitably the opportunity for deep, personal reflection.

Donna Messer of Connectus Canada sees Day by Day this way: "This book . . . is a wake up call and for many, it's a roadmap for success." Fledgling entrepreneur Vesna Babic-Burns offers her own take on the value of Day by Day: "Anne's genuine stories, shared in this book, remind me that I will inevitably have challenges along the way . . . (Day by Day) is an entrepreneur's guide to sanity while you work on life and life works on you."

And finally, from Diana Bishop, creator of The Success Story Program, comes this heartfelt endorsement: "Day by Day should be the first book that every woman starting her own business puts in her library. Through her business and life lessons, Anne offers inspiring and down-to-earth tips for success.''

Day by Day – Tales of business, life and everything in between
by Anne Day
ISBN: 9780973672268


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